Google+ 11/04/13 And All of God's People Said, "Amen!!!"

Matthew 3:15-17

 

But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.”

So John agreed to baptize him.

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened

And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

 

In part seven of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" we experience the joy of Jesus's baptism.  One of the many uses of water in the Bible is its use for baptizing those that want to make a public profession of faith.  Their are many myths surrounding baptism that simply aren't true.  Baptism has no saving grace attached to it.  We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ, not by baptism.  Biblically, baptism should occur after we have accepted Christ as our personal Savior.  That is why we generally should not baptize children until they have made that decision.  Rather, we should dedicate them to God and promise to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord, until the day that they personally know who Jesus is.  How do we know that all of this is true?  Our Scripture today tells us.  Obviously, Jesus didn't need to be baptized.  Jesus was half divine.  Jesus wasn't saved by baptism nor was He baptized as a child.  The Bible says He was taken to the temple and was dedicated.  The human half of Jesus shows us a marvelous example.  Jesus has proclaimed who God is in His life.  He comes to John the Baptist to be baptized with water and the Holy Spirit.  John the Baptist is reluctant to do so, knowing who Jesus is.  Jesus tells him that it must be done.  John the Baptist agrees and we hear what God thinks!  Every time someone is baptized in the name of Jesus, we too will hear that wonderful phrase from God the Father, "This is my son (or daughter) in whom I am well pleased."  If you have not been baptized and have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, talk to your local New Testament Church about making a public profession of faith through the waters of baptism like Jesus did.  Symbolically, we are buried in the likeness of His death, and raised in the likeness of His resurrection.  What could be better than that?  "And All of God's People Said, 'AMEN!!!'"